If you’ve seen electric bikes advertised on the TV then it was probably Gtech. Gtech are a British vacuum manufacturer founded in 2001 by Nick Grey. They’ve since sold over 22 million products including vacuums, garden tools and now electric bikes. They’ve made an impact on the UK electric bike market by advertising in mainstream media including TV and newspapers, and the launch of their eBike’s picked up quite a bit of press coverage in late 2015 as well.
When you look at the spec of the Gtech eBike the outstanding feature really is the weight of the bikes, at just 16kg they’re about 3-4kg lighter than most other electric bikes and that’s mainly due to the ‘aviation grade aluminium’ they’ve used. However, an additional factor is that their bikes lack front suspension, gears and a manual pedal assist system (PAS). The lack of these features does actually really limit the bike to just flat road cycling, and puts them firmly in the ‘entry level electric bike’ category. Don’t get me wrong the bikes look great, minimalistic, especially the water bottle shaped battery, but essentially that’s what you’re paying for.
Gtech boasts about their battery taking just 3 hours to recharge from flat, which is faster than most competitors. However, the 30-mile capacity does lag behind most others, with 40+ miles the standard now. One thing they’ve opened my eyes to though is the cost of recharging. A handy calculator on their website (green tab on the right) shows you the cost of recharging your battery, and to cover 1000 miles costs you just £1.50! That’s a serious money saver if you usually commute via bus, train or car. However, that doesn’t account for the cost of the bike.
Here’s the spec anyway so you can take a look for yourself:
|Brake Type||Linear Pull Brakes||Linear Pull Brakes|
|Wheel Size||28-Inch / 70cm||28-Inch / 70cm|
|Warranty||2 Years||2 Years|
|Range (Standard mode)||30 miles||30 miles|
|Charge Time||3 hours||3 hours|
|Battery / electronics||2-year||2-year|
The Gtech eBike is really an entry-level electric bike and although it looks nice, it’s lacking in several bits of kit. I suspect after a year of owning one of these you’ll be looking for an upgrade, but the residuals should be pretty good due to the amount of money Gtech are spending on advertising and the 2-year warranty! In terms of ownership there a couple of plus points worth mentioning, Gtech offer a 14 free home trial so you can try it out, and the bike has a 2-year warranty including the battery.
The Gtech eBike is available to buy directly from Gtech at www.gtech.co.uk and costs £995 for either model. You can also add in an extra battery, which is probably needed if you do more than 25 miles per day and other accessories.
If £1000 is your budget then you’d be better looking elsewhere, see our other reviews for ebikes under £1000. If you’re after an all-rounder leisure electric bike like the Gtech ebike there are several others available we have reviewed which got a higher score, check them out!
Note added October 2017:
Gtech have just launched their Gtech eScent which is a mountain bike style ebike, which does plug some of the issues we identified in this original Gtech ebike.